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by president putin to invade another country. russia is in violation of the sovereignty of ukraine. russia is in violation of its international obligations. >> so he took it a step further from what the administration was saying yesterday that there could be repercussions or costs. today kerry did more to spell those out saying absolutely sanctions are on the table, that in the near future we could see things like asset freezes or visa bans imposed against russia. he even hinted at the possibility nations would work together to remove russia from the g-8. we know already certain countries, including the u.s., canada, uk, have pulled out of preliminary talks leading up to the g-8 summit in june in russia. he said what russia is doing, these are not the action of a g-8 nation. if it keeps up, other countries will not participate in those talks. he said basically russia has other options. why it's doing this us unknown when it has u.n. monitors it could allow in to keep track in ukraine. that is the excuse russia has given publicly. it brought in troops to look after its own interest in that
? >> kiev has nothing to do with moscow and internal conflict, ukraine deeply divided country and deeply divided nation. >> so the coverages continues tonight. you will hear from arizona senator john mccain and real life stories of the people living through the crisis in crimea and how life is changing there. join us at 9:00 p.m. the conflict is a major issue at the u.n. human rights council. a hundred ministers and officials address the council. trying to ease international concerns over their government's actions and in south africa, witness testimony began in the murder trial against oscar pistorius. the neighbor said he heard a woman's screams on the morning that os core pistorius killed his girlfriend. in china three more arrests after a deadly stabbing ram panelling. it happened in the south western part of the county. the attackers were from a far western province. >> the trial for the al qaeda member in the united states started today. we have details on that and other stories making the news across america today. >> tony, jury selection began in new york of the son-in-law of osa
have stolen as much as $70 billion from ukraine and with a country in dire straits that is a very serious accusation and they want him extradited from russia not only for the financial crimes but the mass murdering throughout the protests. >> the prorussian region of ukraine, gunmen have taken two of the airports. we have more on the details. >> serious incidents here in crimea, the airport taken over by armed gunmen. they came in and looked around and still at the airport. they are standing outside of the airport. we have seen a number of them in the military uniforms and no insignia on them. they are not saying where they are. those interests are russian interests. 90% of the people here are russian speakers, really feel aligned to russia and look to russia and home to the russian fleet. another airport is being blockaded by armed forces. again, nobody knows exactly for whom they work. the ukraine is claiming they are russian forces and if that is the case it is violating the treaty. that is coming a day ar the parliament occupied by a prorussian force. most of the population he
on the ground in crimea following a dramatic weekend in the ukraine. the country's new prime minister faces a declaration of war by vladimir putin, saying this morning that he wouldn't give up the crimea region. u.s. secretary of state john kerry will travel to kiev tomorrow for talks with the ukrainian fwoft. >> president putin is using force in a completely inappropriate manner. steve, we're hearing the ukrainian prime minister saying he won't give the region up. where does that leave us? >> it leaves us, of course, in a very dangerous situation, julia. this is territory which actually previously back in 1994 the dude pest memorandum, russia was one of the signatories that recognized the territorial integrity and sovereign of the entire country including the ukraine. the russians are saying that events that have overtaken other pieces of law which would record that sovereign pmi, saying at the defending interest of native russians and russian speakers within the ukraine. but, of course, many people have come before us. politicians and indeed representatives of the government who have said
into a much less coveted spotlight. crimea is a peninsula of ukraine. you can see that it is quite the strategic location for the two countries, and home to one of russia's largest naval fleets. vladimir putin made the call to second troops there last week. this comes after months of protests by opposition activists who say they are fed up with corruption and a leader that they believe is inching away from the european union. the protesters now worry that their country's fate could be decided by foreign hands. more issues emerge ever day. so what lies heyed? joining us via skype is the director of institute for democracy and cooperation, an assistant professor of political signs at baylor university, a blogger out of moscow who just came back at the end of last year, and the vice president of the ukrainian association of north carolina. his organization is proukraine. welcome to all of you. olli, you have friends and family in ukraine. i know you get reports that never make it into the media, what are they telling you that they are seeing and hearing on the ground? >> that is corre
in the ukraine. deteriorating. the country's energy situation is crucial. after the break, we'll find out who is waiting in -- who is weighing in on the ukraine's power struggles. ♪ >> welcome back. we're taking a closer look at europe's energy situation. affected by the conflict in the ukraine. what happens next is completely up in the air. joining us now is the executive chair of the global energy symposium. let's talk about europe's exposure to russian gas and the ukrainian throughput. to what extent should we be worried by the escalating situation? >> the longer this crisis remains, the greater the impact is going to be on energy expectations in europe. we are already seeing that this morning. of any has happened great significance in the ukraine other than some russian troops showing up in the crimea. it has been enough to start spiking prices and spiking future levels. that is going to be more pronounced as we move forward. the interesting thing is what is already doing in new york, which i think is an overreaction at -- moment, given what is at what is actually occurring. i keep tell
in europe said a military observer mission from the united states in 14 countries will visit ukraine to monitor the situation in crimea. this comes as efforts intensify. we go to mike viqueira for the latest. >> reporter: the day of claim and counter claims by some of the principle players in this face-off. this is the white house coming up with a coherent strategy with it'sality lies. >>> there is no excuse, says president obama, for what is happening. >> there iit is not based on con for russian-speaking nationals but russia exerting force on a neighboring country. >> reporter: for a second day president obama interrupted a scheduled event to address the crisis in ukraine. >> we're call forgive deescalation. >> reporter: amid international outcry president obama held out hope that vladimir putin was having second thoughts. >> reporter: but seconds after he spoke. >> there can only be one assessment. this is an anti-constitutional coup. >> reporter: speaking in public for the first time, calling the ousting of viktor yanukovych as unlawful. >> go to a shop you can buy any kind of un
up in the next half hour. ukraine with the country after the protests. anyhow we're going to sit and many are demanding. it's a welcome to stop a decent start on. it then sets comes thick and shops to ukraine in recent days after weeks of protests and opposition to cap a pow in the capital kiev last week six
president of ukraine says he is still the country's leader, that power was seized by pro fascist forces and he was forced to leave because of threats. >> armed men ever taken control of the airport in crimea. in the capitol kiev, ukraine's parliament asked the u.n. security council to call a session. the acting president is summons ukraine's security chiefs over the situation in crimea. >> viktor yanukovych says he will fight for his countries future, but the question is how. julie mcdonald has more from london. julie. >> thank you. well, ukraine's ousted president insists he was forced to leave because of threats on his life. he says he'll return when he feels safe. where does that leave the new government, struggling to keep things under control as it is? let's get more from the former british ambassador to ukraine. yanukovych has shown clearly a man in denial at that press conference this morning. >> yes. he was in denial, claiming that he's still the president of ukraine, but he left last friday night. he's now taken himself off to russia and he has lost the support of the people wh
and ukraine and countries like that. but putin is a history-making individual. he sees himself as someone who is shaping history. and people like that are inherently destabilizing. so he is the head of really a failing country with a lot of power, a lot of money, and itch to destabilize the world. and so it's his stability, it's his either rise in power or flow in to we are that maybe ultimately was at stake in one of the world's great troublemakers. >> woodruff: let's bring it back home and talk about something that happened in this country this week, mark. and that is arizona zigzag, i guess you could say, where the legislature passed a law saying, a bill saying that merchants, service providers could refuse to provide a service to anyone who is gay. now the governor, jan brewer, republican, vetoed this. what does it all add up to? >> well, american civil liberties union, aclu, the anti-defamation league, adl, add to that apple, marriott, delta airlines, american airlines, marriott hotels, starwood hotels, the loss of any standing for arizona as a resort, a convention center, was on the tab
of ukraine. there will be costs for any military intervention in ukraine. >> reporter: in ukraine, a country on the edge of civil war, a war that could drag in russia, europe and even the u.s., these were frightening developments. >> we are on the edge not of the new cold war, but we are on the edge of hot war. >> reporter: the real danger right now is that ukraine is torn between russia on the one hand, so close and so powerful, so bound to it by history and language, and the west on the other side with its promises of freedom, democracy and prosperity. but where the russian forces moved in today, in crimea, russian is the main language. it's home to a huge russian naval base. they welcomed these mass troops. to them, this is still their rightful president. viktor yanukovych, who fled the capital city of kiev, as protesters took over there, he finally appeared in russia, at a raucous press conference and declared, i am ready to fight for the future of ukraine. but tonight, all eyes are on one man -- putin and what he'll do next. terry moran, abc news, moscow. >>> and i want to bring in abc
month if we don't have money for us. how can we give it to ukraine andrew bolt the ukraine a country without even association the loopy ewe. eu is as is playing with carrots and sticks the busy economic integration which is going to mean anything parts of the ukrainian working population will see a deterioration in the limits of the fantasy about entering europe they are the envy of the state's be lined with gold that's a fantasy because the real project as it is an imf based austerity program with questions about who the ukraine into the future and whether the current rules they together won the miss leah gets did with the quantity that needs to be revamped first. even before the euro my temporal that was that all of a possible people to ukraine in november its external debt reached a hundred and sixty billion euro to one of the main reasons like you've refused to sign the tripod with the eu fearing it could aggravate the situation even more. in november last year you who offered only several hundred million euro to ukraine the legal position out taking the reins the eu is ready to
to al jazeera america. i'm not jonathan betz in new york. a crisis in ukraine, continued coverage. a country on the bridge of war with russia. >> al jazeera america's reporters are across the globe. we'll go to moscow, kiev, united nation, new york city and washington d.c. the world is watching. so are we. al jazeera america starts right
control the crimea peninsula in the southern part of the country and ukraine is mobilizing military calling up reserves and asking for volunteers. this morning the foreign minister sergei fedorov says it's about defending rights and john kerry is heading to kiev on tuesday to meet with members of the interim government and british foreign minister william hague is there right now. we have live team coverage this morning and lisa stark is in washington and begin with phil who is in kiev. good morning, phil, the russians surrounding a ukrainian base in crimea and have operational control of the peninsula. what is happening now in crimea and just off shore in the black sea? >> well, stephanie, they are consolidating power on the crimea peninsula. they have surrounded a number of military bases there but we have spoken to ukrainian intelligence sources who say there are still some very strong, capable ukraine units and threats coming from the other side of the border. we have learned today that the ukraine intelligence officials are aware of where russian tanks are located. just on the
in ukraine. thousands of russian troops are already on the ground and president obama says putin's country is, quote, on the wrong side of history. now, today, president obama warned there will be consequences. here's how we explained that. >> if, in fact, they continue on the current trajectory that they're on, that we are examining a whole series of steps, economic, diplomatic, that will isolate russia. and will have a negative impact on russia's economy and its status in the world. >> joining me now is a former nato supreme allied commander, general wesley clark, and the former u.s. ambassador to russia, michael mcfall. ambassador mcfall, let me hear from you. in 2008, putin rolled his tanks and fleet into georgia. and you heard the president just talk about it. the two provinces there he took are still under russian control. they weren't a lot of repercussions. he still has the problem. president saakashvili says there are things that president obama could do. he could freeze bank accounts for wealthy oligarchs who have houses in miami, as just an example. will that work? >> it's hard to
a rift in already fragile block. because ukraine is a big agriculture country as well. >> it is. very very large ex-porter of corn, wheat, and keep in mind that both ukraine and russia, most of their countries export to are in the middle east. they don't spend a lot back here, so remember sanctions won't effect their exports the problem is as this fighting is going on, we can see problems with crops and that can again hurt. what you are seeing right now if you are an investor looking to jump on the bandwagon, i think you need to be careful, the recent rallies in corn and wheat can be short lived. >> so it seems even a global crisis like ukraine watt the moment it isn't able to slow down that bold run, is there something else you may be looking at? >> again, what we do as -- investment advise discoers is just fry to find a trend, and the trend is bullish, it remains intact, if europe continues to falter, if china falters further, in other words if they don't continue to grow, and if they do not deliver, then yes, that derails things believe it or not this mess is steering assets back i
on the diplomatic, political and economic front with ukraine similar to a country like finland which is a neighbor of russia which has very close ties with the european union but also has a very good, close economic and political relationship with russia. so i think what you're hearing at the united nations, even though there's a lot of tough rhetoric going on, you heard ambassador samantha power calling it quote ironic that russia's always talking about the sanctity and the sovereignty of other countries, a kind of dig at how the russians have been dealing on syria, but also talking about mediation and talking about how russian interests can be protected. so i think that's really what we're going to see in the next couple of days, maybe a mediator go there, maybe some discussion on how to make sure that russia has a seat at the table here. >> i suppose the trouble is those carrots and sticks i'm sure have been a topic of conversation in all the back and forth we've seen over the last 48, 72 hours before those russian force moved in and yet russia went forward. what we have learned, the president'
.s. and the other western countries and the ukraine are in favor of having these speeches. they're never going to -- russia, a permanent member of the u.n. security council. f f >> the crimea crisis the center of what's going on. diane is standing by with the latest from there. what is the latest, diane? >> reporter: the meeting at the capital is pretty much controlled by various groupings, you have prorussia militias, then you have in nonbody of unidentified -- look like military uniforms, they're organized like the military, they are controlling regional government buildings here. there are many -- there is a lot of speculation in the broader world of course that these are russian military, whoever they are. they are very well organized and act like a military and i did speak to one of them today, asked him where are you from? he said from russia, so the question is, has the russian parliament just approved what is happening on the ground anyway? if there are this large number of russian troops already here, will president putin send more in? and what you have effectively is a situation wher
in your own language in your own country, which they want to be ukraine. >> we've seen these -- we've seen footage of pro-russian rallies in different parts of eastern ukraine, some of which have turned violent. what i'm hearing from you is that the folks showing up at that are not broadly necessarily representative of the populations in those areas. there's a sort of finer nuance to how they feel about russia, but there is not an active desire to rejoin russia in some sense? >> i think that's right. people here do not want to switch sides or anything, but they do have a concern that the government in kiev is not recognizing their rights as a russian-speaking minority. >> there is a lot of question right now, the russians have made the claim, vladimir putin, state television, that there are essentially vigilante attacks on russian speakers in the east and south of ukraine. a foreign minister defended russia's action by saying they're defending the fundamental right to light of the ethnic russians in those areas. is there any evidence that that is the case? >> i would not say that the lawle
and unmistakable. it's called freedom. so today in another part of this country, we're in a new phase of the struggle for freedom, and the united states reaffirms our commitment to ukraines sovereignty and territorial integrity. we condemn the russian confederations act of aggression, and we have throughout this moment, and evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation, we will standing with the people of ukraine. today ukrainians are demanding a government with the consent of the people, and i have to say that we all greatly admire the restraint of that the transitional government has shown as it makes this transition. they have shown restraint despite an invasion of ukrainian homeland, and the russian government that has chosen aggression and intimidation as a first resort. the contrast really could not be clearer, determined ukrainians demonstrating strength through unity and the russian government out of excuses, hiding its hand behind falsehoods, intimidation, and provocations. in the hearts of ukrainians in the eyes of the world, there is nothing st
to kiev's independence square. and from there, things in ukraine got u-kray-kray. jim? >> a country in turmoil after a week of deadly protests, ukraine has been the scene of horrible violence. >> the protestors say police had snipers firing at them. and that 100 people have been killed. could russia send troops into ukraine? >> who's in charge. >> viktor yanukovych is nowhere to be found. >> it is no longer clear who is actually in control of that country. >> folks, this sort of instability comes as no surprise to students of geo politics such as myself who have -- >> the ukraine without massive force is a fool'ser and. too many borders just passes back and forth between east and west, until jamie knocks the board over. oh, sure t was an accident, jamie, just when i was about to trade in my cards for 24 more armies. oh [bleep] but now, now folks, no one knows where yanukovych is. but protestors raided his presidential compound to find a private golf course, a fleet of classic cars, and a private restaurant shaped like a pirate ship. (laughter) >> it even had a little place mat for t
to restore order to the country lines of ultra nationalistic anti seem to trouble in ukraine south now with the forefront on grass now and the capital of the atonement a region of crimea on tv or peace can offer is that for us. a group of pro russian activists entered in the local farmers at least the russian flag on top of it the distorted sound is no blood for traffic by the police but inside the perimeter a crowd all for their supporters is gathered in for the holidays while also carrying russian flags and we just hope that some of them in the lead people are saying they're really concerned. i'll see what's been happening keep especially about more and more nationalist coming to power the interstate it will stand to protect their national identity just explain a bit east of ukraine and the southeast of the country where we all are now are heavily populated by ethnic russians the formal this is happening after wednesday's clashes between pro russian supporters and pro when it was neither the accordion top targets and it started as a rally but then political tensions quickly grew into
will be on this region here, where i am today, in east ukraine. this is the second biggest city in the country, the industrial heartland, kharkov. many people here have been encouraged with what's happening in ukraine and would ideally like the russians to come in here, too. behind me, you probably can't make it out now, but there is a huge statue of lenin under which there is a group of pro-russian protesters. they occupied this and hoisted the russian flag, and in violence between them and kiev government supporters, many dozens of people were injured. today in doniesk, another area, pro-russians occupied government offices there. the fear is that russia is trying to create the sort of chaos and instability here to justify intervening on behalf of the russian speakers. now, not everybody here would be happy to see the russians come. and clearly, one of the key focuses of john kerry's visit tomorrow will be discussing with the new government in kiev what measures the west can take and how russia can be deterred from further interference, from further aggression in this, the industrial heartla
occupation of the sovereign country of ukraine, and to make him think about what those costs might be. and to make people around him think about what those costs might be down the road. and to give him the chance to rethink where he's going with his operation in crimia. it's my own view, and i did just step down a few days ago, i was just working in moscow last week, that this is not some master plan that putin has planned out for years and years. this is a reaction from president putin to the fall of his partner, president yanukovych in kiev a few weeks ago. where it ultimately goes i don't think has been decided yet in moscow and therefore i think it is right to put that pressure on and think about where this could really cost russians, including russians very close to president putin. >> what do those costs look like? >> sanctions, freezing assets. remember, this is not the soviet union that invaded hungary in 1956 or czechoslovakia in 1968. this russia is fully integrated into the world economy. there are literally billions of dollars owned by russians in banks all over the west.
? is this beautiful and large country called ukraine. suppose ukraine finally after failing in 2004 get it right -- democracy, gets rid of corruption, the economy is improving, and it is there of the border for russia. i think it makes him nervous if there were a success in ukraine in bringing about a free and open society and economic success, which is not the case in russia. if the sanctions fail? what do you do it the pressure with his he continues own ambitious ideas of expanding within his own borders and spears of influence? >> go back to georgia in nato. if you tried something like that ay with one area that has significant russian popularity -- population, he would be attacking nato. that would be an entirely different set of circumstances. i have no illusions that in the short term, we will be able to ambitions.tin's in the long term, we can curb those ambitions in many ways, but we are becoming more energy independent. the only thing that is putin happening up mr. putin's is his energy resources -- john thing that is -- the only thing that -- isting up mr. putin's his energy resources.
. protruding southward into the black sea cartographers refer to country may as "the ukraine's ball sack." over the millennia, country may's been occupied by greeks, romans, mongols, ottomans, byzantines, and even the goths, who invaded just to piss off their parents. in 1441, the peninsula became an independent muslim state called the crimean khanate, run by a turkic people called tatars, and their children the tartar tots. ( laughter ) ( applause ) in 17 foor, russia conquered crimea in 1853, the horrible casualties of the first crimean war inspired alfred lord tennyson's classic poem, "the charge of the light brigade," with the famous lines, "theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die, happy valentine's day to a special nephew." ( laughter ) ( applause ) now, russia-- big tennyson fans here tonight. russia kept possession of crimea until 1954, when nikita khrushchev cruc regifted country may to ukraine, after a high-level summit between his liver and a bottle of stoli. at the time of the ussr's collapse the ukraine had the third largest nuclear stockpile in
't intervene in the domestic matters of the ukraine, an independent country. there will be consequences, the country suggesting if the russians were to do so. the u.s. is deeply concerned and he does confirm that russian troops right now are inside ukraine. he says the situation remains very fluid. but it's clearly a dangerous situation as we watch it unfold. we have our correspondent standing by here in washington as well as in the ukraine and moscow. jim sciutto is our chief national security correspondent. you heard those strong words from the president. as i said earlier, it's not every day, the end of the day, end of the week, late friday afternoon the president decides to change his schedule, go into the briefing room and in effect each a strong warning to moscow. >> no question. from the highest level now. but when you look at the content of this warning, it's very similar to the warnings that other officials, secretary kerry and hagel have been making over these past few days. we are deeply concerned about the events on the ground. any violation of the ukraine sovereignty will b
with economic sanctions. >> and ukraine's new prime minister said this morning that his country will not give up crimea to anyone. he's accusing russia of declaring war, and ukraine's military is getting ready to fight. elizabeth palmer is at a ukrainian air force base in sevastopol crimea. >> reporter: he has spoken up in geneva, and he has made it clear that russian troop also stay in southern ukraine, until, as he put it, the situation normalizes. in crimea, the russians are in control after a bloodless takeover that's lasted less than a week. there are still pocketing of resistance. ukrainian forces barricade inside their own bases. but they're surrounded by the russian military and hopelessly outnumbered. some have switched sides, including the head of the ukrainian navy. ukrainian troops who had hoisted the russian flag at their barricade, and they were backed by local militia who stole our body armor and told us to turn back. so we headed to the nearest railway station and took the train. we've just crossed the border into crimea and the train didn't even slow
we see that putin has been facing a rebellion on his border. in ukraine which is country of absolutely crucial strategic poshes to russia and many russians feel deep kinship, where the orthodox church was born. we've seen a movement turning west toward europe, putin tried to buy off the government of president yanokovich offering $15 billion to turn away from this invitation from the eu then you had a movement of thousands of people in the streets risking their lives to say, no, that's not the future that we want. we do have to remember that the prelude to this crisis is key strategic ally of russia urning it's back. with all of the dynamics the last several days in kiev and capital of ukraine you still have the successor government, an anti-russian government, calling to the u.s. for support, looking west to europe. i think the big choices, putin has to decide how much he wants to risk. how much he wants the put on the table. europe has to decide whether it's really willing to stand behind the people of ukraine in what will be a very expensive effort to pull them from ru
for the markets. >>thank you glen. that's glen schultz of performance trust. as the ukraine remains a country in managers are standing gaurd of the portfolios they manage. among them matt shapiro of mws capitol who is now looking at buying opportunities in eastern europe stocks... "no one knows what vladimir putin is going to do and what i've been telling my clients is kind of look at it from russia's perspective -- there is, in a sense, a little bit of an arab spring where a government of ukraine, which is in their sphere of influence, everyone has to recognize that, was overthrown and they want to protct theri lease until 2040 of their deep water fleet in the crimea. so, you've gotta look at it from that perspective, but i think things will wind down a little bit and even russian stocks, look at yandex which is the google of russia, was down 15% yesterday, so for very interpid investors yo can certainly look at stuff like that" our thanks to matt shapiro. chuck coppola steps in now with an update on manufacturing in the u.s. angie-- back in the u.s. a surprise bump in u-s man
markets. >> let's take it a step further, here's a country, ukraine, that's ready to default on 30 billi billion, $50 billion in debt. is russia going to be pumping money to kiev where the revolutionaries start to kick up? i don't think so. you have a situation where this potential financial con ten on. when you think about the volatility in january into early february, it was kicked up because of emerging markets currency and fears. >>> let's bring in our chief international correspondent michelle caruso-cabrera, what is your take of the ripple effects of the situation? >> well they could be big. nbc news has confirmed from u.s. officials that yuan formed russian officials, x are flying into crimea, they're not in position to confirm the numbers used by ukraine officials. but officials say they have no reason to doubt basic information. we know there are some kind of paramilitary troops. they have seen russian armored vehicles. clearly, there are a number of russians moving in there. the question is, is this a situation that's going escalate into war? or is it not? the russians are goin
to america's news headquarters. >> i'm arthel neville. ukraine's acting president saying their country's forces are on high alert but are seeking a political solution by russia. the latest move by moscow is being met with anger
. coming up on al jazeera america. despite tension in ukraine the country's team played the u.s. in a soccer match. talk about an international friendly. details coming up. issues home where they effect you the most. >> household debt has been slashed. >> then, what real people are talking about in real-time with the stream. >> all of our communities lightin' up twitter tonight. >> and stay with us for live, breaking and in-depth news. real reporting, this is what we do. al jazeera america. al jazeera a >> so despite the upheaval and a tension in ukraine today saw a momentary reprieve. the u.s. faced the ukrainian team in an international friendly. >> reporter: sometimes the best way to get away from stress situations a little sporting event. the final tune up for the american team before starting play in brazil. the u.s. asked this game to be moved to cypress 600 miles south of the ukraine. of course, out of safety concerns. the u.s. team did not have it's full roster and some players still have mls commitments. this match had greater importance to the players and fans, and t
are prepared to defend that country and if necessary, die for the territoryial integrity of u y ukrai ukraine. people are genuinely fearful on all sides that this could escalate into a much wider conflict. >> we speak a lot about it being a russian speaking area, but it is actually an ethnically diverse area. there are some who are muslims, other groups as well, and if you hear russian officials, they make it sound as if there have been widespread acts of violence against russian speaking people in crimea and eastern ukraine. in terms of what you've seen on the ground in crimea, have you witnessed any of that. have you had reports of any violence against russian speaking people prior to the russian troops arriving? >> none whatsoever, actually, in fact, i think people that -- the ukrainians are quite concerned about the russian presence. particularly the tatars who, if you recall in world war ii they were deported enmass by this -- by soviet forces and only allowed back in the early 1990s, they're vehemently anti-russian, and they're worried that if russian control becomes complete, they coul
. in the west, officials like john kerry declare support for ukraine. what exactly can they do for the country. >> ukraine will need a lot of money. the economy is in shambles, there has been a lot of corruption, it's the corrupt country in europe. the new leadership is estimating they'll need $35 billion over the next two years to sort things out. now, the international monetary fund is putting together some deal, but it will mean economic reforms. it will be painful. it will be painful in the south and east. it had old soviet style industries. that will make it difficult as well. the reforms will be painful. it will mean getting rid of a bloated government, government administration trying to modernize industry and we may see the problems we saw in greece when it tried to modernize to bring itself up to european standards. ukraine has a long way to go. it won't be easy by a long shot. the country is close to bankruptcy. this is the only way they could set a budget. it's on hold, and it may need a lot of money, a lot of money quickly. >> thank you for being with us. >> former president jimmy
states, his statement about the political unrest in the country of ukraine. now, the latest weres from the region say armed militants have occupied two airports in the area. members of the ukraine's government say the men were troops deployed from russia. the kremlin is denying these claims. earlier today, ukraine's ousted president,y. , speaking from inside russia in russia insists he remains the leader from ukraine. jankovic is wanted for murders of hundreds of protesters in the country. the ukraine says -- the kremlin says it will continue to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors, secretary of state john kerry made a call for peace on all sides and of course, on wednesday, russian president, vladimir putin, ordered a surprise military exercise on the border of the ukraine with 150,000 russian troops. the russian flag was planted on top of crimea's parliament building. militants took control of the government's building there and pro-russian demonstrators filled the streets. joining me now kristen welker of nbc news. great to have you with us tonight. what can we expect the presid
with an armed invasion of its neighboring country of ukraine. we've got josh rogan, gloria borger, jim sciutto. gloria, let me start with you. you hear an escalating amount of rhetoric like this coming from the president and his top aides, all of us have to be deeply worried about what's going on. >> we do. the president has said he might not -- it's not a direct threat, i'm not going to go, he says unless the troops are removed, he wouldn't go to the g-8 summit. you have to wonder how our allies are going to respond to that. will the british then say the same thing and on down the line, number one. number two, the thing that interests me is that both senator john mccain, you know, senator john mccain and wesley clark, who is on the other side of the political spectrum both said that they believe that putin is involved in a little bit of empire rebuilding here and that they don't believe the story that they're saying which is they have a right the be there because of a bilateral agreement. >> you tweeted a while ago, obama, quote, there will be costs for any military intervention in ukraine. t
prepared to fight for their country, to fight to maintain ukraine's territory. people are singing patriotic songs. behind that, you get the sense that people are deeply concerned, even fearful about what a full blown conflict with russia. the giant neighbor to the east of ukraine, would actually mean. the interim officials of the administration here in kiev, they have been saying they want this to resolve diplomatically. at the same time, they have called up their reservists and started putting them on a military footing. there is a real sense tension and dane jury? the air, john. >> also, matthew chance in dehe have, anger, fervor, concern. christiane amanpour, you just spoke to the woman who cob the central figure in ukraine's future. what is she saying right now, anger, fervor, concern? >> incredible concern. she is a real power broker there. she is a real player. we understand we can not face off against the russians. if there is further russian encouragement, if things get worse, then ukrainians who are already angry, already patriotic, will defend their country. look, they have alread
to defuse the bomb a total situation across ukraine a country which has been in this sense all the time go forth between brush up on the west residents of the western city of novi if the heartland of ukrainian nationalists and unexpectedly voice that support for the country's russian speakers. businesses in the city which is the finest box in the crimea language and keep crying in all i can skate rink charging customers and employees alike to speak to us and for that guy coming at decision by parliament on some type to scrap a language school introduced in two thousand and twelve the son and a fight to the russian twist like to speak or two bouts of ukrainian. residents on patrons company car is just a rough in the morn rt language in the city and the solace in the city's officials likened to the is on it and so the woe is the bride gets license which usually roll cost in ukrainian ups which programming to russian leather said the system. we should respect all people don't speak ukrainian and those who speak russian the non autistic or next month. russian speaking cities in the east includ
country. >> ukraine's prime menster said ukraine and russia are on the brink of disaster and diplomatic sanctions are being imposed. >> the territory of ukraine and sang at this time have been violated and it cannot be the way to conduct international affairs. >> in london, more on the crisis over crimea. we'll look at how ukraine's military compares to the might of russia's armed forces. >> a knife-wielding rampage at a chinese train station. accept are a activities of blamed for leaving 33 dead. >> the prison in nepal built as a stable now houses scores of criminals. >> hello, there's no fighting at the moment, but if you believe ministers in kiev, it could be very close. ukraine says russia has declared war and the countries are on the brink of disaster all because of whoo kiev does business with and unrest in crimea. western countries are pulling out of talks ahead of the g.a. summit in the russian city of sochi in june. >> we have to recognize the sovereignty and territorial integrity of ukraine has been violated, and this cannot be the way to conduct international affairs, and so
's parliament approved the request to use military force in ukraine, a country on the brink of civil war after weeks of unrest between pro russian easterners and the protestors calling for freedom. this is after president obama made this statement to reporters. >> just days after the world came to russia for the olympic games it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world and indeed the united states will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for military intervention in ukraine. >> critics say the warning was weak. fox news learned from a senior u.s. official that the pentagon has not prepared any military con tingsys for ukraine. as putin flexes russia's military muscle, the president obama administration this week is making proposals that would shrink our military. when chuck hagel was nominated to be secretary of defense, i strongly objected based on his record as a senator and some of his comments about our allies in the middle east that absolutely scared the living day lights out of me. my fears, they were not unfounded. as this week h
, a further hit on human rights in the country. he says the supplies to ukraine and syria and many other countries. and then he turned his attention to address what was going on in ukraine and talked about the roots of the conflict of being fanned by the west and west essentially is supported gunmen, armed men in kiev. he said that now we have a government in kiev, the new government there, which is unconstitutional and it's illegitimate and it is further damaging human rights. he said there are constant threats from nationalist and what is going on in crimea at the moment arfurther provocations being prepared against the black fleet in crimea. >> we know the impact of the action is being felt there in russian. describe that to us if you can and of course if the u.s. has its way, this is just the beginning. >> well, the main effect that is being felt in russia at the moment is economic because there has been a severe tumble in russia stock markets today, a severe tumble in the value of the rubble which hit an all-time low against the dollar. it has rallied after the central bank stepped
." the prime minister of ukraine says his country is "on the brink of disaster." this as russian troops are in crimea and in response, and the united states condemns what it is calling an act of aggression. earlier on "state of the union," ukraine's ambassador to the u.n. said his country will need military help from other nations. >> we are to demonstrate that we have our own capacity to protect ourselves as it was decided today in the parliament and we are preparing to defend ourselves. and nationally if aggravation is going in that way, when the russian troops, they are enlarging their quantity with every coming hour, naturally we will ask for military support and other kind of support. >> russia says it reserves the right to use force to protect its military personnel and russians citizens in crimea. in response to the crisis, the united states, great britain, and france are suspending their participation in prep talks for the g-8 sum russia will host in june. to our guests in just a moment, but first cnn's ian lee in the ukrainian capital kiev. ian, we are hearing about a new incur
for troops in western russia. that's along the country's border with the ukraine where bloody protests drove the president into hiding after he cozied up to the kremlin. now we're seeing new demonstrations in ukraine. fist fights broke out in the streets in the south today. on one side folks who want the country to align with the russians, on the other side those pushing to go the way of the west, who want nothing to do with their former russian rulers. russia's leaders have said publicly they will not interfere with ukraine. but the prime minister, said that the situation is putting russia's interests at risk. that's the same thing russian officials said right before invading the former soviet republic of georgia in 2008. now u.s. officials are warning russ russia, do not make a repeat in the ukraine. with us now the former defense secretary william cohen. he also served in congress during much of the cold war. secretary cohen, how serious is this situation? the development of it so far? >> well, the situation in ukraine is quite serious, because you have this great divide ideological divid
, a heavily russian region of ukraine. ukraine's military is now getting ready. the country's defense minister says they do not stand a chance against russian troops. moments ago on cnn, ukraine's opposition leader, vitali klitschko issued this stern warning to russia. >> the main point right now the russians have to take away the rush yap forces from crimea. it's the main point. crimea is ukraine territory. we talk independence of ukraine. it's all military forces have to remove from ukrainen territory. >> and now these very strong words as well from u.s. secretary of state john kerry. he's calling it an invasion, quote, it is an incredible act of aggression, really a stunning willful choice by president putin to invade another country. russia is in violation of the sovereignty of ukraine, russia is in violation of its international obligations, russia is in violation, kerry says, of its obligations under the u.n. charity, helsinki act, in violation as well of its obligations under the budapest agreement. he goes on to say, secretary kerry, you don't behave in a 19th century fashion by, again
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